What is a commonplace book? For me, this is a space where I post interesting links, reflections on what I’m reading, and the newest recipes I’ve been trying out — a collection of miscellaneous micro-posts.
What I’m fixing:
- Still coasting on the kindness of others.
- Suet, with the kids. Gross, I️ guess. But it uses up pantry odds and ends and seemed an appropriate activity for St Nicholas Day because, you know, generosity. We used:
- melted bacon grease, beef fat, coconut oil
- the last bits of: golden raisins, grits, oatmeal, sunflower seeds and chopped peanuts.
- I read you could add cayenne to scare off other critters and since a friend recently found an opossum in our trashcan, we added some.
We poured the satisfyingly creepy brew into the silicone snowflake mold I thought would be awesome for compound butter (no) and set it on the porch to cool. Then we froze them, popped the pucks out and put one in the mesh bag you get with oranges or onions. Please don’t tell me if one of these ingredients will decimate the local avian population. The kids are so proud.
What I’m reading:
- 11 Ways to Prepare Your Boy to Be a Great Priest or Dad — found and shared by a friend. #4 and #5 made me laugh out loud.
- How Chickens and Goats Are Helping to Stop Child Marriage
- The Bear and the Nightingale. I’ve been reading this Roo’s whole life (ha!) and can’t decide if it’s worth it or not. Anyone have an opinion one way or another?
- A Christmas Carol, which J is reading aloud to me and the kids after the dinner. I think Pippin is getting maybe 10-20% and Scout none at all, but we are communicating something we love, and it’s time we might otherwise allot to TV or more chores. Instead, we sit around the Advent wreath and then the fireplace and kids snuggle with us and we slow down just a bit, and if that’s all they take away from the reading this year, that still seems like a wonderful start.
This time last year:
- Advent practices that should totally be a thing. Looking back, I feel like we should try to do these again, bizarre as they are. But we are a family that makes suet together, apparently, so who’s surprised?